Barnes leaving was good for both him and Texas at the time. It appears he has loosened up a bit since he has been at Tenn. Glad he is doing well and wish him the best.
At the time, I must admit I was pumped when Texas hired Smart. Young and energetic with what appeared to be a bright future ahead of him. I'm not sure why it isn't working out but these Texas teams are nothing like his VCU teams were.